A Study on e-Procurement measurement and benchmarking for DG MARKT
Despite e-Procurement now being enabled in all EU Member States’ national legislation and the fact that the infrastructure and tools are, in general, in place, the Commission estimates that, on average, less than 5% of total procurement budgets in the first‐mover Member States is awarded through electronic systems.
The considerable variation in e-Procurement platforms and service models is a major obstacle to the wide adoption of e-Procurement and an important block to cross-border and SME participation.
e-Procurement platforms are not user-friendly, and trying to access and learn how to use them is often time-consuming, inefficient and frustrating foreign economic operators.
There is a need to objectively assess the level of performance that the e-Procurement solutions have reached and to identify successful service models.
PwC together with 2 other sub-contractors will help the European Commission to create a report, referred to as the “Golden book” of good e-Procurement practices, which which will provide objective data on good e-Procurement practices keeping the user and the European single market in focus. These practices are gathered by assessing existing e-Procurement platforms in the EU. The Commission will publish the results of this study as web-pages on the Internet.
The project consists of 3 main tasks:
- Identification of 20 to 30 platforms to be assessed;
- In-depth review of the 20 to 30 platforms;
- Writing the “Golden Book” report; identification of good practices and recommendations.